While his vertically stacked sculptures appear to the untrained eye as though waves might have tossed pieces of driftwood and stones helter-skelter on the shore, the actuality is very different. Peterson ponders at length on the way his individual objects relate to external space as well to the internal spaces between individual components…The unity and simplicity of the sculptural forms he creates allows them to serve as compelling visual metaphors for the essential order and clarity desirable in a balanced life. – Michael W. Monroe, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Bellevue Arts Museum.
Peterson’s work has evolved from turning bowls on a lathe to his current, monumental sculptures inspired by the geographic environment of the Pacific Northwest. Peterson’s organic abstract pieces are powerful in their artistic grasp of sculptural form and expressive texture. These sculptures are impressive examples of contemporary design, while also reflecting the artist’s reverence for the natural world. The artist’s selection and sourcing of wood is a significant step in his process of making. Every few months during the logging season in Southern Oregon (November – May) Peterson and his wife will travel from their home in Lopez Island, Washington (roughly 500 miles) to find the perfect pieces of wood. Peterson describes, ‘I’m committing to this material. I don’t want somebody to just send me wood – I really have to make that connection.’ From the pieces of wood the artist has personally selected, he uses a range of tools, such as chainsaws, gouges and special surface treatments to draw forth striking organic sculptures from the grain and structure of the Madrone Burl wood he works with.
Michael Peterson was born in 1952 Texas, US. Since 1986, he has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the US, including Revolution in Wood at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. in 2010, Craft Spoken Here at Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA in 2012 and a major solo exhibition Michael Peterson: Evolution/Revolution at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2009. The artists work can also be found in many public collections throughout America, including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Works by Helen Carnac, Christopher Duffy, Ernst Gamperl, David Gates, Ruth Gurvich (kindly loaned by Vacheron Constantin), Zaha Hadid, Marlène Huissoud, Eleanor Lakelin, Gareth Neal, John Makepeace, Aneta Regel, Marc Ricourt, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Joseph Walsh and Nic Webb.
Works by Aneta Regel, Eleanor Lakelin, Ernst Gamperl, Gareth Neal, Helen Carnac and David Gates, Jim Partridge, Joseph Walsh, Liam Flynn, Marc Ricourt, Michael Peterson, Nic Webb, Peter Marigold, Wycliffe Stutchbury.
Works by Christopher Duffy, Liam Flynn, Ernst Gamperl, Gareth Neal, Michael Peterson, Marc Ricourt and new pieces specially designed for the fair by Irish designer Joseph Walsh.
The gallery will present new works by Maisie Broadhead, Christopher Duffy, Liam Flynn, Ernst Gamperl, Peter Marigold, Gareth Neal, Michael Peterson, Marc Ricourt and Joseph Walsh.
New works by Maisie Broadhead, Christopher Duffy, Liam Flynn, Ernst Gamperl, David Gates, Eleanor Lakelin, Gareth Neal, Michael Peterson, Marc Ricourt, Joseph Walsh, Wycliffe Stutchbury.
The gallery will show new works by Christopher Duffy, Liam Flynn, Sung-Jae Han, Ernst Gamperl, Michael Geertsen, Peter Marigold, Michael Peterson, Marc Ricourt, Joseph Walsh and the collaborative vessels by the late Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal.
Featuring works by Thomas Bohle, Christopher Duffy, Michael Geersten, Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal, Liam Flynn, Peter Marigold, Philip Moulthrop, Michael Peterson, Marc Ricourt, Nic Webb.
Sarah Myerscough presents designers and makers whose works explore innovative conceptual and technical trends in contemporary woodworking. The museum-quality designers and makers investigate the relationship between function and form using traditional techniques as well as new technologies to create sculptural pieces.